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A climate-focused index fund will fight skeptical CEOs

The hedge fund that staged a revolt at Exxon last month is now recruiting an army of mom-and-pop investors for future battles.
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Wind and solar power are saving Americans an astounding amount of money.

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Is a car maker about to save the planet?

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How big money in politics blocked US action on climate change.

In his new book, “Captured: The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy,” Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Democrat of Rhode Island, rails against the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision, which opened up a floodgate of corporate political contributions, much of it in the form of “dark money” whose origins do not have to be disclosed. 

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